Fox News Weather Center

NASA's New Orion Spacecraft Set to Launch Thursday

Dry weather will be present on Thursday morning for the first flight of NASA's new Orion spacecraft.

Orion is currently scheduled to launch at 7:05 a.m. EST on Thursday at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station located along the east coast of Florida.

Low winds paired with dry conditions will make for favorable launch conditions on Thursday morning before spotty showers move into the area during the afternoon.

Even though winds will be out of the northeast at 8 to 16 mph, this is still well below the peak wind speed allowed for takeoff. Typically, the peak wind speed allowed for takeoff is 35 mph.

Orion's test flight on Thursday will be unmanned, making two orbits around the earth to test the launch and high speed re-entry systems, according to NASA.

This next-generation spacecraft is the first since Apollo was designed to take humans into deep space.

"Orion is the exploration spacecraft for NASA, and paired with the Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket it will allow us to explore the solar system," said Mark Geyer, program manager of Orion, which is based at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA says that the peak altitude of the flight is expected to be 3,609 miles, roughly 15 miles higher than the space station.

This is still just a fraction of the distance from the earth to the moon, a distance of nearly 239,000 miles.

In the future, NASA plans to launch Orion with a new heavy-lift rocket that will be capable of sending humans to deep-space destinations, such as Mars.